At the turn of the 20th century, Professor Woodrow Wilson said that every man sent out from a university should be a man of his nation as well as a man of his time. At the beginning of the 21st century, we can say that every person sent out from a university should be a person of the world as well as a person of his or her time. Globalization is here, and with it, the globally connected university has arrived. -- UMD President Wallace D. Loh
The University of Maryland is a globally connected institution that places a high value on its worldwide reach and impact. UMD has over 300 formal partnerships with universities and governments overseas; its faculty hail from more than 130 countries; it is consistently named among the top 25 universities welcoming international students; and its President's Promise initiative strives to provide an international experience - whether via study abroad, an overseas internship, international service learning, or a campus-based intercultural learning program - for every UMD student. The further growth of UMD's international character and global connections is one of the three major initiatives established in its current Strategic Plan, Transforming Maryland: Higher Expectations.
OIA's mission is to enhance the international activities and character of UMD, by acting as the interface for students and faculty going abroad/coming to College Park; encouraging, advising, assisting, and coordinating the international components of UMD academic units, programs and initiatives; and organizing programming to internationalize the outlook of UMD students, faculty and staff, to ultimately bring the resources of UMD to the world.
OIA includes the following units:
OIA launches new global grant programs
The Office of International Affairs has launched several new programs to support the university's internationalization goals.
UMD Welcomed at the 8th Global Confucius Institute Conference in China
UMD President Wallace D. Loh attended the 8th Global Confucius Institute Conference held in Beijing, People’s Republic of China on December 7-8, 2013. He was joined by Chuan Sheng Liu, professor of physics and former director, Confucius Institute at Maryland (CIM); Donna Wiseman, professor and dean, College of Education and director, Confucius Institute at Maryland; and Jianxin Cui, deputy director, Confucius Institute at Maryland. Former UMD President Dan Mote, who launched the CIM in 2004, also attended the global conference. Click here for more details.
UMD Joins Universitas 21
The University of Maryland has expanded its global footprint, joining the leading international network of research universities, Universitas 21 (U21). UMD is one of only four U.S. universities in the network.
Read the press release.
Global Semester in Washington, D.C.
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